My husband and I recently went to New Zealand to visit family. For most of the trip we did family stuff, spending time hiking and being in nature, which I love, but in my head one day stood out above the rest. The day we would spend at some New Zealand wineries, an excursion that begs for a dreamy outfit. Before the trip I began my descent into the black hole of internet shopping by typing “vintage floral dress” in Etsy and Ebay’s search engines. I mean, let’s be honest, that’s a very in thing right now and I probably could have found one at the mall in about 30 minutes, but I love going on the search for that lone vintage survivor of bygone eras.
When I found the dress my heart skipped a beat. It was floral and feminine but in a playful funky kind of way. When buying vintage online sometimes sizing can be tricky, but since this was a wrap dress that made its fit less of an issue. When the dress arrived it was even better than I expected. The flowers appeared to have been hand painted and there was a little strip of lace sewn around the inside of the waistband.
While I love the fantasy of the perfect outfit, I don’t want to have something just to look at and never wear it. Which means the outfit must fit practically with what I’m going to be doing throughout my day. I knew the day at the winery I’d be out in the elements, on my feet, therefore it needed to be comfortable. Under the wrap dress, I layered myself with some high-waisted Denizen jean shorts from Target and a bralette from Urban Outfitters. For footwear I chose black combat boots cause I mean, combat boots go with everything, and also, the boots textured the outfit, adding a hard solid base to ground the soft feminine wrap. That day at the winery I felt beautiful, had a fairy tale day, and best of all, I was comfortable!
I later restyled the dress for a spring inspired shoot for Knoxville Style Magazine. I swapped out the boots for some super comfy tan suede Jones of New York heels I found at TJ Maxx and the jean shorts for some second hand salmon Alice and Olivia tap shorts. In keeping with the transparency theme, I wore this amazing pink beaded purse that I found on Etsy. Beaded purses like this one are super popular right now and come in all different colors and styles so you can still find one that’s unique to you. I offset all that pink with some circular orange Bakelite earrings, which also brought out some other colors and shapes in the floral pattern of the dress.
I am looking forward to many more looks from this dress. The possibilities are endless when you just do what feels right to you. I believe there are no rules in fashion anymore. Some people may not like an outfit I come up with but that’s ok, they don’t have to.
I’ve linked some similar dresses and bags throughout the pictures below.
Greenhouse photos by Whitney Jade Photography http://www.whitneyjadephotography.com/
Makeup by Claire Baleste http://www.clairebalest.com/
Hair by Alyse Wieland at Tease Salon